Maryland Volkssport Association
Minutes of Meeting
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Officers Present: President, Bob Schmick; Vice President,
Skip Coburn; Treasurer, Kenneth Wilson; Secretary, Steve Arnett; Webmeister, Bill
Club Delegates: Bob Wolfe (Freestate Happy Wanderers),
Skip Magee (CBCW), Rich Long (Columbia), Diane Messer (Annapolis Amblers), Skip Magee
(C&O), Jim Hathaway (Seneca Valley), Sue Kenyon (BWC), Joanne Merkel (Piedmont Pacers),
Chuck Merkel (Piedmont Pacers), Bing Inocenncio (Seneca Valley), Ed Branges (Seneca
Valley), Jerry Baugher (Piedmont Pacers), Sandi Cahill (WDCAVC).
Guests: Bob Wright, Suzanne Wright, Susan Osbourne, and Nancy Davis.
The Meeting was called to order at 1:00 PM by President Bob Schmick
- Minutes from the December 31st meeting were approved.
- Treasurer's Report: Treasurer Ken Wilson presented the financial statements for
December, January, and March as well as the 2007 Profit/Loss Report, the 2007 Balance
Sheet, and the 2008 Proposed Budget. The reports were approved as presented.
- AVA/IVV Update: Bob Wright presented the update on the AVA/IVV situation. There
was an E.C. meeting of the AVA in Washington, D.C. in March 2008. The discussion
concerning the IVV has quieted down, and it will be the IVV or nothing. The European
federations met in February 2008, and discussed the IVV organization. One proposal
was for three divisions; Europe (large), North America (small), and Asia (small). The
IVV is looking at by-law reorganization something more like the AVA by-laws/rules.
Europe would have to go through a court process for changes. Studying the rules
pertains to how votes are processed. The Germans want to change the IVV award
program. Curt Myron (AVA President) made some requests which were accepted, but a
CVA request was declined. Everybody is going to "wait and see$quot; until the
July IVV meeting. The IVV has a new web page.
- Regional Director: Skip Coburn presented an update on the Atlantic Region. He
thanked the Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania state associations for their support
in stopping AVA panic changes concerning the IVV situation. Curt Myron was concerned
about Atlantic Region Clubs considering petitioning to join the IVV if the AVA secedes
from the IVV. The next NEC meeting will be in Des Moines, IA in June. Give Skip any items
desired for the agenda. Skip reported that Maryland is 5th in the U.S. with 79 events.
Washington has the most, and Mississippi has the least with 2.
- Future of the Sport: No Report.
- C&O Canal: Skip Magee reported that the C&O and Western Maryland walks are
beautiful walks. There is now a Rail Trail from Georgetown to Pittsburgh. There are 3
sanctioned events on the Great Allegheny Passage portion of the trail.
- Webmeister: Bill Guion reported that there are still 2005 AVA Convention
reports on the AVA website. There is still a continuing discussion with Jackie at AVA HQ.
Bill asked that the Clubs please complain about this situation. Bill still wants PDF
versions of brochures to put on our website. Bill reported that he is moving to Georgia.
He has placed a map of Maryland YREs on the MVA website. This map should be advertised
within the Maryland clubs.
- 4-State Weekend: The 4-State Weekend will be held May 24 and 25 this year. The
Saturday events will be in Woodstock, VA and Keyser, WV; and the Sunday events will
be in Cumberland, MD and Bedford, PA.
- Global Events: Skip Coburn will be on a trip to Europe in 2010 in September, and needs
a volunteer to be the POC for the Global events that year. He needs 8 or 9 volunteers this
year to assist with the 2008 event to be held as usual in Patuxent Park in Maryland.
- Atlantic Region Conference 2010: The next regional conference may be held in
Annapolis, Maryland. There would be 4 events. This issue of location should be
discussed within the clubs.
- Annapolis Amblers: Thanked everyone for coming to the Ambler event today. The next
Ambler event will be May 4th in Severna Park. The Amblers will celebrating their
20th anniversary as a club next year, and planning is underway for a
celebration. The Maryland bill approving Walking as the State Sport has been approved, but the date and
place for the governor's signature has not been set. Bill Smith, the father of the bill,
thanked all those who sent e-mails supporting the bill. The Annapolis club continues to
sponsor group walks, which some do not like, but Bob thinks they are a significant plus
for our sport.
- Chesapeake Bay Country Wanderers: The CBCW will hold a two day event in
November in Watkins Regional Park near Upper Marlboro. There have been discussions
of possible mergers of clubs, but Skip is concerned about the possible loss of clubs.
- Columbia Volksmarch Club: The Columbia summer events will be June 14, July 21, and
August 16. There will be early start times for these events due to heat.
- Baltimore Walking Club: The BWC will hold events on May 10 in Towson, and July 13
in Elkton. A person will be permitted to do a BWC YRE in place of a missed Beltway
- Great Greenbelt Volksmarchers: Their next scheduled event in June has been moved
from Beltsville to College Park at the airport.
- Freestate Happy Wanderers: The club had 200 participants at its recent event in Bowie.
The next event will be the coming weekend Palotti Hish School. There will be booths,
and will be a celebration of Bill Brabant and Linda Hassell's birthdays. A bus scheduled
to go to Atlantic City, NJ on June 14th is sold out.
- Piedmont Pacers: The club will hold a 20th anniversary celebration kickoff
event on May 18th. An event in Frederick has been added to their schedule on
September 27th. They are attempting to locate former members to be included
in their anniversary celebration.
- Potomac River Volksmarching Club: Their recent event on Bolling AFB drew 103
participants. They will hold the annual Global events again in September at Patuxent
- Seneca Valley Sugarloafers: The next event will be May 3 in Kensington. The club is
working on their schedule for 2009. The Cherry Blossom event went well.
- Washington DC Area Volksmarch Club: The WDCAVC will be holding their normal
series of evening events prior to the monthly meetings this summer. The first walk is
the coming Tuesday, and well be held monthly, except July, through September. The next
weekend event will be May 31st at Fort Washington.
- World Wide Volkssport Tours: No Report.
Steven K. Arnett; Secretary